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Cross-Post:Alabama DREAMers Speak From Detention: ICE Is “Rogue Agency”

Imagine 2050 Staff • Nov 19, 2011

Originally posted by ColorLines on November 18th, 2011

When the cameras aren’t rolling and the nation’s not looking on, does the Obama administration abide by its own deportation policies?

The answer, undocumented immigrants have long said, is a definitive “no.”

Last week two undocumented, DREAM Act-eligible immigrant activists presented themselves to immigration agents in Mobile, Alabama, and were subsequently put in detention and placed in deportation proceedings, to prove exactly that point.

“We want to reveal the truth and show [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] for what they really are, as a rogue agency which has no accountability while they separate families,” Jonathan Perez, a 24-year-old activist from Los Angeles told Colorlines.com from the South Louisiana Correctional Center. Perez and 20-year-old Isaac Barrera had been transferred to the facility this week.

“[The Department of Homeland Security] continues to lie. Obama continues to lie. This is our way of exposing the truth,” Perez said.

Perez and Barrera announced their detainment a day after 13 undocumented immigrant activists who organized a highly publicized civil disobedience action in the Alabama statehouse earlier this week were released. Activists were arrested yesterday after protesting Alabama’s HB 56, the nation’s harshest anti-immigrant state law in the very building where it was crafted. This group was comprised of activists with the identical profile as Perez and Barrera—young people who immigrated to the country as children and had no criminal convictions on their record.

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